Speech Pathology

War Memorial Hospital’s Speech Pathology Service provides quality care to individuals of above 60 years with communication and swallowing disorders. The Speech Pathology Service offers diagnosis, management and rehabilitation services for patients who, for a variety of reasons, have difficulty communicating or difficulties with swallowing.

The department provides:

  • Comprehensive assessment of communication and / or swallowing
  • Treatment aiming to maximise communication skills
  • Assessment and treatment of oropharyngeal swallowing problems
  • Counselling and support for clients and carers in adapting to limitation
  • Alternative non-verbal communication systems as required

The service offers both rehabilitation inpatient and outpatient care, including individual treatment sessions, as well as group programs for clients with aphasia, dysarthria, verbal dyspraxia or voice problems. The Speech Pathologists are specialists in the areas of communication rehabilitation following neurological conditions, such as stroke and Parkinson’s Disease.

The Speech Pathology department is committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of care in service to individuals with communication or swallowing impairment. The Speech Pathologists understand the importance of communication in retaining the dignity of the individual, in having one’s needs and wishes met, and in relating to one’s family and society. The department’s belief is that communication is vital to enable the client to participate in society and is particularly important in maintaining the quality of life and reducing isolation amongst seniors.

Referrals can be made by doctors, health professionals, ACAT, relatives, family members and even people themselves who meet the criteria by ringing the Northern Network Access Referral Centre (NNARC) on 9369 0400

For information on services and groups available, please contact the Speech Pathology Department at War Memorial Hospital on 02 93690100.